A Story about How We Can Help Students who Have Failed the Bar Exam
Here is a testimonial from a student who took the July 2014 Michigan bar exam using a Kaplan course last year. He failed the bar exam, then hired us to help him pass the following February 2015 bar exam. He was a very intelligent student – one of the brightest that we have met! – but found that the Kaplan course did not help him pass the exam. (Note: This is not to say anything bad about commercial bar review courses – they are simply not for everyone!)
This is his story about how he found that enrolling in private tutoring was what ultimately helped him pass the February 2015 Michigan bar exam.
Testimonial from a Student who Passed
the February 2015 Michigan Bar Exam after
he Failed the Bar Exam in July 2014
I took the bar exam for the first time in July of 2014, and used a Kaplan “in-class” course to prepare. I unfortunately did not pass. I contacted Ashley soon after receiving my results, and while I was of course initially disappointed with myself for failing, she immediately instilled confidence in me with her enthusiasm and knowledge.
During the Kaplan course, I assumed I knew the material because I filled out the outlines and did the practice questions each day. However, during practice exams and during the real thing, it became abundantly clear I only had a cursory understanding of the topics, and had no real plan of action for the multiple choice section. The emphasis seemed to be quantity rather than quality, and I felt that I did not have enough time to review and actually learn the topics.
Ashley provided me with the structure and attention to detail that I needed to succeed. Her outlines are clear, well-organized, and specifically highlight frequently tested topics within the subjects. Unlike the Kaplan course, Ashley ensured I fully understood each topic before moving on, through multiple essays and in person review. We did not move on from topics until I had memorized them. She was available through e-mail and phone whenever a question arose, and her support and honesty never waned. Moreover, Ashley reviewed and graded practice essays throughout the week, providing in-depth analysis for my strengths and weaknesses.
I am positive I would not have passed without Ashley’s help. I was close the first time, but her guidance and attention gave me the push I needed. Her methods for both the MBE and essay portions made the bar exam far less daunting. I cannot recommend Ashley highly enough. – February 2015 Michigan Bar Exam taker, 19 point increase.
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